Durban – Hundreds of people wearing ANC badges march through downtown Durban to demand, among other things, that the Hawks end their Hollywood-style arrests.
While the marchers have called themselves members of “KZN Interfaith”, they wear the badges of the ANC.
Among the protesters are also long-time followers of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, such as Mzomuhle Dube and Phindani Sicwala.
Dube burst onto the political scene as a spokesperson for Gumede supporters.
Divided into two groups and monitored by Durban Metro police and armed SAPS, the protesters launched their protest march at King Dinizulu Park around 11 a.m. Thursday. They later joined Pixley KaSeme Street (West Street) and went to Durban City Hall to deliver their memorandum.
Dancing and singing, the protesters carried placards in support of former President Jacob Zuma, ANC General Secretary Ace Magashule, Andile Lungisa and Zoe Shabalala (Senior Councilor of eThekwini Municipality). They also chanted slogans and held up signs in favor of Gumede.
In addition, signs criticized the Zondo Commission, claiming that it was created to hate Zuma (Zond’uZuma – Hate Zuma). Some signs also asked why Steinhoff’s fraud had not been investigated despite overwhelming evidence of fraud by his former boss, Markus Jooste.
The demonstrators also accused the national prosecutor’s office of having been “captured by political and private bosses”.